Photo of Audrey Jimenez (L) and Tristan Kelly by Jermaine Hodge / Army WCAP.
SOFIA, Bulgaria – The U.S. women’s freestyle team collected a silver and bronze medal on Thursday night of the 2022 U20 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Wrestling in the 50 kg finals, Audrey Jimenez fell to 2017 U17 World champion Umi Ito of Japan, 10-0. The silver medal comes just weeks after she went 0-1 at the U17 World Championships in Rome. Just 16 years old, Jimenez impressed on her way to the finals with three dominant wins competing at a higher age group. She adds to her 2021 U17 World bronze medal.
At 76 kg, Tristan Kelly bounced back from a semifinal heartbreaker against eventual World champ Ayano Moro of Japan to win bronze. Facing U21 World bronze medalist Daniela Tkachuk of Poland, Kelly used a second-period double-leg to put her opponent to her back for a pin to get on the podium.
Five Americans will begin competition in Greco-Roman on Thursday, including Jonathan Gurule (55 kg), Haiden Drury (63 kg), Payton Jacobson (77 kg), Kodiak Stephens (87 kg) and Aden Attao (130 kg).
The tournament continues Friday, starting at 11 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET), with semifinals scheduled for 4:45 p.m. (9:45 a.m. ET) followed by medal matches at 6 p.m. (11 a.m. ET). Fans can watch all the action live on FloWrestling and get live updates on Twitter @USAWrestling.
Find all of this week’s coverage in the USA Wrestling Special Section.
U20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Aug. 15-21, 2022 | Sofia, Bulgaria
U.S. women’s freestyle results – first group
50 kg – Audrey Jimenez (Tucson, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) – SILVER
WIN Gultakin Shirinova (Azerbaijan), 13-2
WIN Gabija Dilyte (Lithuania), 11-0
WIN Natalia Walczak (Poland), fall 2:48
LOSS Umi Ito (Japan), 10-0
55 kg – Adriana Dorado Marin (Denver, Colo./Army WCAP) – NINTH
LOSS Roza Szenttamasi (Hungary), 12-2
59 kg – SaVannah Cosme (Denver, Colo./Sunkist Kids) – 11TH
LOSS Ebru Dagbasi (Turkey), 1-1
68 kg – Destiny Rodriguez (West Linn, Ore./All-Phase WC) – 11TH
LOSS Laura Godino (Italy), 12-1
76 kg – Tristan Kelly (Erie, Colo./Army WCAP) – BRONZE
WIN Ana Julia Dos Santos (Brazil), 9-0
LOSS Ayano Moro (Japan), fall 4:28
WIN Daniela Tkachuk (Poland), fall 3:58
Medal match results
GOLD – Umi ITO (JPN)
SILVER – Audrey Jimenez (USA)
BRONZE – Gultakin SHIRINOVA (AZE)
BRONZE – Priyanshi PRAJAPAT (IND)
GOLD – Moe KIYOOKA (JPN)
SILVER – Albina RILLIA (UKR)
BRONZE – Roza SZENTTAMASI (HUN)
BRONZE – Tuba DEMIR (TUR)
GOLD – Sakura MOTOKI (JPN)
SILVER – Viktoria BORSOS (HUN)
BRONZE – Ebru DAGBASI (TUR)
BRONZE – Madina AMAN (KAZ)
GOLD – Ami ISHII (JPN)
SILVER – Nurzat NURTAEVA (KGZ)
BRONZE – Sophia SCHAEFLE (GER)
BRONZE – Nesrin BAS (TUR)
GOLD – Ayano MORO (JPN)
SILVER – Priya PRIYA (IND)
BRONZE – Tristan KELLY (USA)
BRONZE – Veronika NYIKOS (HUN)